Travels | New Mexico
Recently I have started studying for my Master's degree at Texas Tech University. As part of our studio, we are going out to where our building would be built, if it was actually to be built. We all traveled out as a class to New Mexico
Our first stop was Carrizozo Malpais, about 50 miles from the Trinity Site, where the US tested their first Atomic Bomb in 1945. The Malpais is a 40 foot long lava flow estimated to be over 1500 years old. We spent a couple of hours just taking in the nature as we explored the lava rocks.
Our next stop was to White Sands National Monument, about 90 minutes southwest of Roswell. The fascinating thing about White Sands is what the sand is actually composed of. Most sand is composed of silicates, which makes glass. However, the sand here is composed of Gypsum, which is used to make drywall and plaster. The gypsum also makes the sand white in color, hence the name White Sands. This collection of sand dunes is also the largest gypsum sand deposit in the world, as well as our potential site for our studio project. We spent a day and a half out there photographing and observing the dunes. This place was absolutely beautiful, and I was able to take many amazing photographs out there.
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